Dream Big & Buy The Shoes

September 22, 2017

Fall Reading List

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I love reading anytime of the year, but there's something about being cozy on the couch with a good book that makes me really happy. I've been getting back in to reading and am hoping it continues- Fall and Winter are my favorite times to dig in to a good book.
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
I actually already finished this, and didn't expect to so quickly--but you know I love a thriller. Right after her husband dies, Tanya flees town and is on the run even though she says it wasn't her. This isn't the first time she's been on the run and the story takes you through a wild adventure wondering...what is this woman really running from?!

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
Another domestic thriller that caught my eye about a couple who lives in New York with no problems, until the wife is missing. It's discovered that she was in an accident and can no longer remember a thing, and when she returns home and tries to move on something is too different. Now, everyone is a stranger.

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
A love story about a talented cider maker who gets a visit from a handsome man and his family and is  then led to make decisions based on her father's family business and groans from other members of her family. The handsome man's family and Sanna's life become intertwined in a story about love and magic...and anything dealing with cider is perfect for Fall.

The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser
One of my friends told me she was reading this and loving it- so I looked it up, and what a perfect concept. Shannon guides you through removing the thoughts that scare you to lead you to love yourself and put your dreams first. I'm a firm believer that if you can't love yourself first and foremost, you will struggle loving anything else. I think this would be a good read for anyone going through a tough time, or for a good pick me up reminding you what's important in life. I'm excited to read this one!

Between the library and my iPad, I like to keep busy reading...even if one book takes me several weeks. I linked some of my favorite cases, and fall cozy wear to lounge in below which make Fall even better. 

What are you reading or on your list to read this season?

September 20, 2017

Baby Lawrence's Nursery Inspiration

One of my favorite things is home decor and browsing online, Home Goods, Marshall's and so many more places for new fun items to add a little something extra.

So naturally, shopping for baby girl's nursery and choosing things that will work for the space has been so fun. SO many people have asked if we are going with a cupcake themed nursery, seems natural since at this point her second middle name should be Cupcake...but I just couldn't find what I was looking for. 
Almost always, I consult Chuck about his opinion when it comes to what I call,  big decisions. With our wedding, I asked about pretty much every detail, design, color, cookie...he always said--"Whatever you want." The same has gone for baby girl...he's researched some things like the monitor, and for what we will have to deal with once she's graduated NICU- decided on an Owlet and some things on the registry but other than that he's given me free reign. I wonder what he would do if I decided on straight Bubble-Yum pink everywhere...maybe regret his laid back attitude. 

Turns out, I want something pretty simple. I want it to be a peaceful place, a room where dreams are made and love lingers and keep it light and airy. So, a nursery with Dream Big vibes is what Baby Lawrence is getting. We are sticking to white, gold, and blush and moon, stars and maybe a unicorn here and there.
Some of the inspiration came from Pinterest, and a lot from browsing website after website and piecing things together. It's so fun and easy to get lost window shopping online and next thing you know your whole camera roll is filled with screenshots and ideas.

I'm kind of kicking myself now that I'm stuck on bedrest, because I kept saying...oh let's buy the crib today and then a few days would pass and then something else would come up and I still hadn't clicked purchase. We are painting the crib and changing table gold because we don't want a natural or all white color for those...something a little different is more fun!

The hardest part was finding bedding that wasn't too busy and went with the overall color scheme and didn't take away from the peaceful vibes...luckily, Amazon to the rescue as always. And isn't it so crazy the name of it is Amelia?

I wanted a few simple shelves for little things, maybe a book or two...but definitely some little keepsakes and found this adorable cloud shelf that will be perfect.

Already purchased is a few smaller rugs, including this perfect shaggy star rug and a second small white one...can't have too many of those, right blogger babes?!

One of my favorite pieces that we will be adding to the nursery is a beautiful Dream Big sign that I was gifted last year from my in-laws. They found it at an antique store and it is absolutely amazing and I've been waiting for the perfect space to hang it...I was originally thinking a home office. But now, it will be in baby girl's room after it's painted gold. I can't wait to see it on the wall!

I'm so excited to see it all come together in the next few months. I figure once she is finally here and needs to be resting in NICU this will be a good project to keep our minds off the worrying and still focus on our little girl. This whole journey has been quite the adventure and I seriously can't wait until we are all home together sitting in this dreamy, cozy space.

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on baby girl's dreamy haven!!

September 18, 2017

What Would You Do?

Not too long ago, Chuck and I were sitting in the room during one of his visits. We were hanging out, just talking and he asked, "What's the first thing you're going to do when you finally get home?!"
I replied, "lay in bed." You see, our bed is my most favorite place. Our couch is ultra comfy and I can hang out there for hours, but our bed...is like floating on clouds. If I could just be on bedrest there, life would be a heck of a lot better.

A few days later I got a really strong craving for chicken wings. Like, of every kind. I want some crispy ranch. I want some buffalo ranch. Hell, I'll even take BBQ at this point. So, I changed my request for my first day home a little bit.

When I arrive home sweet home, I will order chicken wings and when they arrive I will start a bubble bath with my favorite bath bomb and place myself in the bathtub and eat a dozen chicken wings. I may cry and will probably need tissues while eating and bathing because this is bound to be emotional, but it will be my own little slice of happiness. 

Then, I plan on putting on my cozy robe, laying in bed and drinking a glass of wine...because I will no longer be pregnant. And I can do these things. I decided I won't do the wine and chicken wings and bubble bath simultaneously because things could get real ugly and I may never leave the tub.

Sitting in a hospital bed days on end...3 weeks and 5 days today, to be exact can do some funny things to you. I've got A LOT done- luckily this has given me more time to blog and research things and come up with post ideas. I'm back in my reading groove and luckily get to work remotely for my salon and spa throughout the week as well. I have a pretty big room, cards, flowers and love surrounding me and Netflix too. Life isn't too bad. But not getting to walk outside and get in my car and just drive, or snapping a picture of the sky whenever I please or feeling fresh air at any given time can really mess with your mood. 

It's hard to say that I won't ever take some things for granted. I have road rage, and will probably complain about driving again in the near future. But, fresh air, chicken wings at any time, bubble baths and my bed...I'll take you ANY day of the week. When I finally get home, I may not want to leave and that's perfectly fine with me. I have all I need inside those walls. It's all about perspective. Chicken wings baby...life is good!

Tell me...what would you do when you got home? I would love to hear it!

September 15, 2017

Currently Loving

Happy Friday loves! I hope everyone is having a good week and that if you're in the path of Irma that things are settling down and soon you're back to normalcy.

I wanted to share some things I'm currently crushing on...from beauty, to fashion and home decor--all of my favorite things! I love to online shop, and sometimes will add things to my cart and let them sit there and debate if I really want or need them. 
A LOT of shopping happened during the Nordstrom sale, but I stocked up on a bunch of basics and things that will last me several years so I don't feel too bad about it. I am LOVING mustard for fall and red too. One of the cardigans I ordered from Nordstrom is still on back order and won't be here until late November and the wait is killing me...so maybe I need another one ;)

Let's get to it....

These Shop Riff Raff mules- OMG! So cute and the price tag is not bad at all...except they're currently sold out in my size. I should have bought them last night the minute I saw them.

I know I'm not the only basic white girl obsessed with Bath and Body Works candles and the labels this year make them even better. Hands down all time favorite for me is Pumpkin Pecan Waffles--total yum!

The search for a good lip plumper is STILL on-- can anyone recommend one they have liked? I tried a Too Face one and the smell was too much for me, and I really don't feel like it worked. I came across this Dior Lip Maximizer and may give it a try but would love to hear from you. Anything tried and true you can send my way?

Charlotte Russe hasn't been a store I've stepped in to for years, but I came across this cardigan and think it looks so cozy. One of my favorite things about Fall is a comfy sweater and scarf...and this one is perfect. 

Speaking of cozy...blankets are a total weakness for me and time after time Target does it again with this winner-- it just makes me want to lay on the couch and watch Netflix!

Last but not least, this mini boxwood wreath is SO cute --and you have the option for a scent. I'm thinking these would make wonderful Christmas gifts for anyone who loves home decor. Boxwood is always a good option.

Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy every second--it's supposed to be beautiful, so take in that fresh air for me ;)  What's on your current love list?!